Peter Donger travelled from Northamptonshire to place the Salers cattle at the recent Balmoral Show, selecting as his Supreme Champion an outstanding young bull from the Drumlegagh herd of John Elliott and family, Newtownstewart.

RUS Champ Felix with sponsors Aircon and Judge P Donger

Drumlegagh Felix was hailed an exceptional example of the breed by the judge, and went on to be placed second reserve in the Junior Interbreed Championships when competing against twelve other breeds.

Drumlegagh Felix - overall champion

Drumlegagh Felix – overall champion

Felix is sired by Blason, a former Balmoral Champion for the Elliott’s. This stock bull is continuing to breed well having already produced one Balmoral Champion in 2011, and progeny remaining in strong demand.

The Elliott family also secured the Junior Championship and Best Exhibitor entry with their Overall winner.

The Reserve Championship was awarded to a very stylish two year old heifer from Patrick Maginn, Downpatrick. “Lisnamaul Eimear” is out of the home bred cow Lisnamaul Barbie, and sired by Aston.

Lisnam... - reserve overall champion

Lisnamaul Eimear – reserve overall champion

This winning duo then teamed up for the hotly contended Interbreed Beef Pairs Competition which was judged by Colin Hutchings. There was great delight when the pair were tapped out as Reserve Champions, the highest result for the breed to date at Balmoral.

County Armagh breeder George McCall chalked up the Reserve Junior Championship with his home bred heifer “Carrick View Heloise”. There is full French breeding behind this prize winner who was born in February 2012.

The Salers section was generously sponsored by Aircore Ltd, represented on the day by Andrew Thornton.

Class Results:

Cow in calf, or with calf at foot

1st – J & EA Elliott, Unity

2nd – G McCall, Fiere

3rd – J & EA Elliott, Drumlegagh Carina

4th – Seamus Connell, Carrickbawn June

5th – G McCall, Babette

Heifer, born on or before 31st December 2011

1st – P Maginn, Lisnamaul Eimear

2nd – J & EA Elliott, Drumlegagh Elise

3rd – Seamus Connell, Ballykeel Honey

Heifer, Born on or after 1st January 2012

1st – G McCall, Carrick View Heloise

2nd – Seamus Connell, Ballykeel Indigo

3rd – Seamus Connell, Hongarie

4th – J & EA Elliott, Drumlegagh Fern

5th – P Maginn, Lisnamaul Foxy

6th – G McCall, Carrick View Halona

7th – J & EA Elliott, Drumlegagh Fay

8th – P Maginn, Lisnamaul Floss

Bull, up to 2 years old on day of show

1st – J & EA Elliott, Drumlegagh Felix

2nd –  J & EA Elliott, Drumlegagh Ferdinand

Bull, over 2 years old on day of show

1st – P Maginn, Lisnamaul Buster

2nd – J & EA Elliott, Cesar

3rd – D McClements & Sons, Seawell Guardian

 

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